The Ghana Nurses and Midwives Trainees Association has described as misleading comments by the government that the rising unemployment among nurses is due to the refusal of many of the newly-trained nurses to work in rural areas.
The Campaign Spokesperson of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), Joyce Bawa-Mogtari in an interview on an Accra-based radio station said many of the nurses who come out of private institutions prefer to only work in urban communities where the jobs are limited.
But speaking to Pulse.com.gh, the spokesperson for the Ghana Nurses and Midwives Trainees Association, Gideon Alale Akuob said Mrs Bawa-Mogtari is only trying to make a mockery of the nurses.
He explained that: “The Ministry of Health is aware that they have not provided financial clearance for the issuance of postings for newly qualified midwives and nurses in the country. And the same Ministry of Health, they are also aware that currently, they do a posting that is called national postings...now you can be posted to any other part of the country and you can’t refuse the posting.
“Government wants to throw dust in the eyes of Ghanaians by telling us that we have refused postings; it is not true.”
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The Ghana Police Service on Tuesday, September 19, 2016 halted a planned demonstration by the Ghana Nurses and Midwives Trainees Association.
The demonstration by the nurses was meant to register their displeasure over the cancellation of the trainee allowance and delays in posting their members who have graduated.
But the police have said they are unable to provide security for the nurses and hence their demonstration should be postponed to September 22.
The spokesperson for the Ghana Nurses and Midwives Trainees Association, Gideon Alale Akuob who expressed his disappointment with the police said the nurses are ready for the demonstration on Thursday.